Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Preventing Cracked Heels

Having cracked heels are a common foot condition that tends to appear during the summer months. This is mainly due to the increased flip-flop and sandal usage in warmer weather. In regards to cracked feet, studies have shown that “71 percent of women regularly suffer, while only 34 per cent of men are happy with the condition of their feet.” Cracked heels are often the result of a lack of elasticity in the skin, but there are ways you can avoid developing them. One of the most efficient ways to decrease your chances of getting cracked feet is to correct the way you walk. People who walk while putting a lot of pressure on their heels are more likely to develop cracks. Another simple way to prevent cracked heels is to moisturize. Foot balms can be used to prevent the skin on your feet from drying out.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Michael E. Newman, DPM from Pennsylvania. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How do you get them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of one of our offices located in Plymouth Meeting and Ambler, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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